The holiday season is traditionally the time Americans choose to thank those who provide them with year-round services. C.A.B. Group, LLC (New Jersey’s premier Property Management Company) wants to remind everyone that holiday tipping is truly about saying thank you. With a little creativity you can accommodate everyone on your list this year without blowing your budget. Here are some things to consider when you’re deciding how to thank people, whom you will spend money on, and how much you will spend:
• Your budget: First and foremost, you shouldn’t feel obligated to go beyond your personal budget.
• If your budget does not allow for tips, consider homemade gifts; and if you’re not good with crafts or in the kitchen, remember that cards are always a great way to express your thanks for a year of good service.
• Do you already tip regularly? If you tip at the time of service, you may forego an end of the year tip, or give a more modest holiday thank you. You may also choose to give a small gift instead.
• The quality and frequency of the service you receive.
• Your relationship with the service provider.
• Location: Tipping averages tend to be higher in larger cities.
• Length of service: The number of years you’ve been using the service.
• Type of establishment: Is it deluxe or moderate?
• When in doubt, ask: Call the front desk and ask what is 1) accepted by the company, and 2) typical for what they see from other customers.
• Common sense, specific circumstances and holiday spirit should always be your guide.
• Don’t believe that if you don’t tip you won’t get good service. If you think you’ve had bad service for this reason, you might want to consider changing companies or speak directly with a manager.
The information below contains some recommendations for holiday thanking, or tipping. These are not rules, just suggestions. Remember that averages and ranges can vary based on the type of establishment, regional customs, and your own budget. Cash is not the only option. You may choose to give a gift or gift certificate as an alternative. Either way, tipping is a way to say thank you and to show gratitude to those that provide services making our daily routines more manageable. C.A.B. Group, LLC wants to thank everyone we work with and to wish everyone a happy & safe holiday season!
NYC area averages:
• Super, resident manager: $75 to $225
• Doorman and/or concierge (the latter of which handles more personal requests, like reservations and wake-up calls): $25 to $150
• Porters, handyman, and maintenance staff: $25 to $50
• Garage attendant: $25 to $75
• Property Management: $75 to $250
• Mailman: $20 to $40